In 1966 was erected a Michigan Historical Marker on the hallowed ground at the Stones River National Battlefied, bearing the following text, thanks to the efforts of a later generation who thought it important -- vital -- to remind their fellow Michiganders, and fellow Americans, how our forebears served and sacrificed:
THE STATE OF MICHIGAN HAS ERECTED THIS MARKER TO HER BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS SONS WHO FOUGHT AT STONES RIVER TO PRESERVE THE UNION.
"This marker is dedicated to all the Michigan soldiers engaged in this great battle, to the seventy-one men who lost their lives and to the six regiments which fought bravely for their country: [regiments italic] 21st Michigan Infantry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel William B. McCreery (Flint), 18 killed, 89 wounded, 36 missing; 11th Michigan Infantry, commanded by Colonel William Stoughton (Sturgis), 30 killed, 84 wounded, 25 missing; 13th Michigan Infantry, commanded by Colonel Michael Shoemaker (Jackson), 17 killed, 72 wounded; 4th Michigan Cavalry, commanded by Colonel Robert H. G. Minty (Detroit), 1 killed, 7 wounded, 12 missing; 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics, commanded by Colonel William P. Innes (Grand Rapids), 2 killed, 9 wounded, 5 missing; 1st Michigan Artillery Battery, Company A, commanded by Colonel Cyrus O. Loomis (Coldwater), 1 killed, 10 wounded, 2 missing. Michigan men fought at Stones River for the preservation and perpetuity of the Union."
Today a present generation celebrates New Year's Eve ... and should do so mindful of the legacy we have been left.